Negotiating and mediating 
Problem-solving Advice

Draw on a unique combination of mediation insight, international diplomatic experience and negotiating acumen. Reframe problems using professional mediation technique, then tackle them with skill and subtlety. Focus on practical, creative solutions. Look hard at the cost of losing – and the cost of winning

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Public speaking and presenting 
Presenter Coach Speechwriter

Giving speeches, writing speeches, delivering a PowerPoint talk, organising events, drafting press releases and working up media strategies. They are all one basic life-skill: conveying messages in a way that is memorable and convincing. You do this by combining structure with stories and signposts

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UK Voting System – Doomed?

Responding to my piece pondering the calamitous performance of Ed Miliband, long-time reader Nigel Sedgwick offers some excellent points on electoral reform in the UK. Posted previously as a comment, but worth looking at properly: Charles writes: “Here in the United Kingdom our “first past the post” voting system produces […]

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Food and Diplomacy

Over at Diplomatic Courier in Washington is a new edition looking at various aspects of global food issues. Including my piece on Food and Diplomacy: Where better to start pondering the global politics of food than in China, some 2500 years ago? The adviser to Duke Wen of Wei noted […]

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17th Dubrovnik Diplomatic Forum

In case you have been missing me, I have been on the road. First at this year’s Dubrovnik Diplomatic Forum in Croatia. Then back at IAEA (in Vienna) on Leadership Skills. Dubrovnik is of course splendid, if not quite as affordable as it used to be. As for the Forum, the event […]

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Poland Votes Again

On Sunday Poland votes in the second round of the 2015 presidential elections, with current president Bronislaw Komorowski fighting to fend off the challenge of a younger Andrzej Duda. My account of the first round is at Poland presidential elections 2015. On Sunday evening I’ll be at the excellent Topolski Bar […]

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Sturgeon Memo: I Was Right

Remember that fleeting row about the leaked record of conversation between SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and the French Ambassador that amused the UK general election campaign for at least ten minutes? First it wasn’t even a memo at all – it was a fiendish ZINOVIEV MEMO INVENTED BY MI5 aimed at […]

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